Richard W. Ervin, Jr.
(January 26, 1905 – August 24, 2004) was the Florida Attorney General
from 1949 to 1964, and he also served as chief justice
of the Florida Supreme Court
from 1969 to 1971. He is credited with guiding the state from segregation
(based on the brief he wrote to the United States Supreme Court
's request from each state's Attorney General
on how to rule regarding Brown v. Board of Education
), and desegregating its schools. His son, Richard W. Ervin III
, was a judge of the First District Court of Appeal for 30 years and retired at the end of 2006.
Ervin was a graduate of the University of Florida where he was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and earned his law degree at the University of Florida College of Law. Following his retirement, he was of counsel to the law firm founded by his brother Robert Ervin, in Tallahassee. He received an honorary degree from Florida State University. From 1954 to 1975, Ervin was a national director of the fraternal organization Woodmen of the World.
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